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Grambling Band makes two appearances this weekend

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GRAMBLING, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Members of the Grambling State University World Famed Tiger Marching Band will perform twice this weekend, once in Dallas and another time in Alexandria.

On Saturday (Feb. 9), 55 band members will perform a 7-minute halftime show at the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball game. The Mavericks will be playing the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX, at 7:30 p.m. "Feels like the band may need to move to Dallas," said Larry Pannell, director of bands. He said the band has traveled to Texas several times in the last year, including performances at a Dallas Cowboys game and performances in Linden, TX and other Texas communities. During the half time show, John Burleigh, a freshman from Ville Platte, La., will accompany the band while singing a song by Mel Waiters song "Having a Good Time." Pannell said the idea of the band performing during basketball games started with Gary Jones, the former owner of the Utah Jazz basketball team, when the franchise was located in New Orleans, and it has continued with the Mavericks under owner Mark Cuban.

On Sunday (Feb. 10), the entire marching band – 200 band members and two drum majors -- will perform during the 20th Anniversary Alexandria Mardi Gras Parade. The parade starts at 2 p.m. in Downtown Alexandria. For more parade information, see http://www.alexmardigras.com/

Grambling State University alumni, friends and supporters are encouraged to cheer on, rock and sway with the band in Dallas and Alexandria. The university's band, which places a heavy emphasis on musicianship as a foundation as a part of a vigorous academic program, has garnered worldwide attention after performing in New York City, Indianapolis, Hawaii, Ghana and elsewhere. Just last month, the band marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade. This was the band's third presidential inauguration parade under Pannell's leadership, and the fourth inauguration parade. The Grambling State University band was the only historically black college or university (HBCU), the only band representing the state of Louisiana and one of only two marching bands to perform in both of President Obama's inauguration parades.

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